Amsterdam News endorsements: Part 2
Amsterdam News Editorial Board | 8/8/2013, 9:54 a.m. | Updated on 8/8/2013, 9:54 a.m.
Her list of accomplishments is too long to recite, but it is for this and many other reasons that we endorse Inez Dickens for City Council.
10th Council District
Ydanis Rodriguez has been a fighter since day one. Born in the Dominican Republic, he moved to New York at 18 years old and he saw the city and this country as a land of opportunity, but to get that opportunity was a battle in and of itself.
While attending City College, Rodriguez fought to make ends meets, working endless hours, while at the same time putting his all into making the community stronger and fighting for every person and for their right to an education.
In 2009, after two unsuccessful attempts at getting elected to City Council, he won his Washington Heights district. As the councilman for the 10th, he has been an advocate and champion for education, housing and language interpretation services in hospitals, and has kept the needs of his constituents at the forefront of his mission as a councilman. For this and many other reasons, we endorse Rodriguez for City Council.
35th Council District
Laurie A. Cumbo is not the typical politician. For the last several years, she has been following her passion of the arts, founding the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts. As a cultural leader in Brooklyn, she has seen what it takes to fight to make arts a priority while at the same time seeing the needs of the community as an entrepreneur and community member. Cumbo has used the arts as a platform to help transform and support the community. Her background in tourism also gives her insight in how to bring more people to the diverse 35th Council District and to Brooklyn as a whole.
Other priorities for Cumbo include reforming education and ensuring that future New Yorkers are equipped to make this city, this country and their lives better. In a nutshell, Cumbo wants to help build a better Brooklyn and is a new generation of politician that is promoting economic development that benefits everyone. For these reasons and more, we endorse Cumbo for the 35th Council District.
36th Council District
The 36th Council District is a complex district with many qualified candidates running for office. Each one has his or her own strengths, but one stands out for his experience around the council and his many years as an advocate and community organizer. He understands legislation and how to make it work. For these reasons, we endorse Robert Carnegy Jr. However, we also recognize that Kirsten John Foy has been a great advocate for the community and has worked very hard for the betterment of our people.
40th Council District
Mathieu Eugene has served as the first Haitian-born elected to the City Council. He has served the community very well and has made a name for himself and taken a leadership role when it comes to public health in Brooklyn. He has fought for access to affordable health care and has championed the underserved. While his opponent Saundra Thomas is committed and has served her community well, we believe at this time that re-electing Eugene for another four years will continue to make the community stronger, and we encourage Thomas to continue to seek office in the future.